For week ending 17 June 2016.
As another week draws to a close, travel news updates continue to roll in from around the globe. Chinese carriers are announcing new airlines and routes, Conrad opens first luxury hotel in Manila and Marriott debuts another Courtyard Hotel in Shanghai. All this and more in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.
Sichuan Airlines applies for first US flights
Sichuan Airlines is planning to launch flights to Los Angeles in the coming months, marking the Chinese airline’s debut in the US mainland. Pending approval, flights will commence in September 2016 and would operate four times a week.
Wyndham Hotel Group opens two new hotels in South Korea
Wyndham Hotel Group has opened a new Ramada in Incheon, and a Days Inn in Dongtan, a new city in Gyeonggi province.
The 245-room Ramada Incheon includes five traditional ‘Ondol’ rooms, which include under-floor heating, plus five children’s suites. Facilities include a restaurant, sky lounge, fitness centre, VIP lounge, rooftop spa and ballroom. It is located 30 minutes’ drive from Incheon International Airport.
The 116-room Days Hotel Dongtan, includes a restaurant, café, fitness centre, self-service laundry room and a meeting room. It is located close to the Samsung Electronics Nano City.
Air Guilin to take to the skies for the first time
Having received their Air Operators Certificate, Air Guilin plans to commence operations later this week. Operating under the ‘GT’ flight code, Air Guilin will take to the skies for the first time on 25 June 2016, taking off from Liangjiang International Airport to Yinchuan. It will operate a fleet of Airbus A319 aircraft, and plans to expand its operations to other Chinese cities such as Jinan, Yangzhou, Shantou, Tianjin, Xi’an, Shijiazhuang and Zhangjiakou.
Emirates releases first 360-video tour of the A380 flight deck
In a world first, Emirates Captain Thomas Ziarno from New Zealand and first officer Abdulrahman Mohamed Al Busaeedi from UAE offer a 360-view tour of the flight deck controls of an Emirates A380. Click here to watch the cockpit tour.
Marriott unveils another Courtyard brand hotel in China
Located in Fengxian district of southern Shanghai, close to the Bihai Sands Waterpark, the new Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Fengxian marks the rebranding of an existing property that has been operating since 2001. It becomes Marriott International’s first franchised hotel in China. The property offers 259 rooms, ranging from 36-150m², plus a restaurant serving Chinese and international cuisine, a lobby lounge, a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, 24-hour health centre and a spa with eight treatment rooms and a sauna. There is also more than 824m² of meeting space covering 11 function rooms.
Emirates to cease its KL-Melbourne route
Emirates will cease operating its Dubai-Kuala Lumpur-Melbourne service later this year, as it opts to cut out the Malaysian capital and fly direct to Australia. The re-routing, comes into effect on 30 October 2016 and Emirates will retain three daily direct flights between Dubai and KL.
Hilton opens first luxury hotel in the Philippines
Hilton has opened its first luxury Conrad hotel in the Philippines. The new Conrad Manila is positioned adjacent to the huge Mall of Asia retail complex and close to the SMX Convention Center – the Philippines’ largest MICE venue. The hotel features 347 rooms and suites, all equipped with IPTVs, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth-enabled entertainment technology and Nespresso machines. There is also an executive lounge for premium guests. There are six F&B outlets, including Brasserie 3 that offers outdoor seating overlooking Manila Bay, and a Chinese restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows and bay views, while other facilities include a third floor swimming pool with pool bar, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a spa with six treatment rooms as well as 4,000m² of function space including four event halls and two ballrooms, plus an outdoor garden event space.
Singapore Airlines increases flights to London
Singapore Airlines is planning a seasonal boosting capacity to London. From 24 October, the carrier will switch aircraft on flights SQ305/306 to a third daily A380 flight between Singapore and London Heathrow for the duration of the northern winter period.
New non-stop to San Francisco for Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines is adding new daily non-stop services to San Francisco. Operating on A350-900 aircraft, the new service will commence on 23 October, complementing daily flights via Hong Kong. The carrier’s current San Francisco route via Seoul Incheon, will instead operate to Los Angeles, offering a second daily service to LAX.
New Four Points for Sydney
Starwood Hotels & Resorts plans to add a new Four Points by Sheraton-branded property to its Sydney portfolio. The 297-room Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park will be located at the former Old Kent Brewery site, near Central Station. Scheduled to open in 2018, the 4.5-star hotel will be part of a mixed-used development and will feature a restaurant, fitness centre and nearly 550sqm of function space. The move comes just after the hotel group announced plans to rebrand the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour as the Hyatt Regency Sydney in November this year.